SUNDAY’S racing at Kilkenny greyhound track was magnificen - glorious weather, a huge crowd and the normal high standards from the annual BEAM meeting. This is Kilkenny’s main night of the year and it featured seven finals, the main one the highly rated Dobbs Oil N1 final.
Here nobody wanted to oppose the 4/6 favourite Sizzling Bolt. At trap rise Mr Hooch took a flyer into the first. There were four dogs in a line with Mr Hooch on the inside. He took full advantage of his position as the others moved wide. The race was suddenly over.
Never going to be caught
Mr Hooch was five lengths clear of the favourite down the back straight. He was never going to be caught. He wasn’t. He won from Sizzling Bolt in 28.98.
The first race was the Kilcarrig Quarries Open 300 final. From a level break Kilkenny Banjo went slightly clear with Run Away Girl challenging. There was mayhem at the corner. This was missed by Kilkenny Banjo and the 8/1 shot strolled home in 16.62.
In the A7 McDonnell Clan 525 final and all the money was for Barefoot Arthur, a 4/6 favourite. The favourite had every chance. Well away from the inside he led around the opening turn followed by Singing Hen and Lemon Trixie. Between the third and fourth Lemon Trixie improved from third and took it up coming home and won by a length from Barefoot Arthur in 30.01.
In the Stone Development A3 final the great run of the Power family, Castlecomer continued. In an open betting race Old Road Ken was sent off 5/2 favourite. He led into the first with Rackethall Bond and they left the trouble behind. Down the back straight Ken opened up a two length gap and never looked back, winning in 29.23.
In the Black and Amber A3 final the early dash to the bend again proved crucial. Kellymount Gem showed well early doors but was caught for toe into the first and ultimately lost the race there.
Out front Slanewyside Beryl opened a four length lead over Shelbourne Ollie. A length and a half back was Kellymount Gem.
Shelbourne Ollie made a lot of ground into the third but Beryl held on at the line to win from the fast finishing Kellymount Gem with Shelbourne Ollie third. The time was 29.18.
In the final of the Peter Meaney memorial A5 Woe Katie was the 6/4 favourite. There was heavy buffeting after trap rise as Kilgreaney Wolfe cut for the rails. Shaunas Princess was knocked over. With Comforts Jet slow away there was plenty of room for Woe Katie to assert, and she duly did, leading a length and a half from Kilgraney Wolfe.
Once she turned for home she moved on and won by three lengths from Graigue De Javous.
In the Novice 725 all the money was for trap 2 Artistic Choice. She duly obliged. Allen Cherry and Artistic Choice led from trap rise. Artistic was three lengths clear passing the finish line first time around.
She was four and a half lengths clear down the back straight and try as Allen Cherry did Artistic Choice was a half length winner in a time of 40.81.
Race 8 was the Connollys Red Mills Open with a first prize of €2,500. It boasted a very fast sextet of dogs. The punters were sure what they wanted. They hammered Badminton Girl from 6/4 into 4/5. From traps Badminton Girl showed her early pace and led Killinan Cash round the first.
The Cash and others ran wide off the first and this allowed Skywalker Jet to rail tightly and down the back straight Badminton Girl led four lengths but Jet showed a lot of pace to get into contention.
Jet arrived to the leader at the fourth bend and looked to have the race at his mercy.
He moved across the track and interfered with the leader, allowing Killinan Cash through for a most unexpected win ahead of Fiancee Alsation in 29.09.
The ninth race was the Hedgehunter Stake A1/A2. Garryglass Marco was the choice, but at trap rise it was HowsYerDayMurty and Terminal Two who led. Terminal Two just got the bend from a wall of dogs and he quickly opened up a six length lead over Garryglass Marco. He won in 29.16.